faroop

Carfree lesbian mom of a toddler (and a baby on the way). I blog on two sites about carfree living and being a lesbian parent.

Heterosexuality: Membership Has its Privileges

Heterosexual privilege is something that many, straight people never think about, but that almost, if not all GLBT people think about more often than they'd like. And why would straight people think about heterosexual privilege? ...more

I think such lists are quite useful because I think almost all heterosexuals will find at ...more

Will You Take The Car-Free Blog Challenge?

Could you give up driving your car for one week and survive to blog about it? I'd love to include your post about the challenges of living with less driving in a Car-Free Carnival here on BlogHer in two weeks. ...more

I'd say that we'll take the challenge, but we are already a carfree family! We have a toddler ...more

: I would like to read (and comment) on the post you've had the most trouble writing this year.

Bartering is Back

Now that the First Lady has announced the creation of an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn, I’m feeling empowered.  Like maybe it was my BlogHer post on the subject that may have tipped the scale in our favor.  So now I’m wondering what else we can revive, preferably a well-established idea onto which I can just piggyback at the last minute.  I know.  Bartering! ...more

I recently joined a time trade circle. This weekend for instance someone came to my house to ...more

Stress and Relationships

Maybe opposites attract because otherwise, a couple would explode. Take how we deal with stress. I am a neurotic, paranoid, bundle of stress. Everything stresses me out, from thinking about what I need to pack for a trip I'll be taking in a week to the implosion of the economy. I react to the little things in almost the same way I do to the big ones. My motto is that if the small stuff isn't to be sweated, then it wouldn't be there. ...more

Sometimes my wife and I seem like we are the same person, but when you look closely, you can ...more

5 Ways to Participate on the MLK Day of Service

Did you know that Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994 making it a national day of volunteer service? I didn't, until President-elect Barack Obama asked Americans to volunteer on MLK Day, and throughout the year. Below are 5 ways you can get involved: 1. Volunteer! ...more

I also had no idea that MLK day was a day of service. I'll be home with my toddler that day. ...more

I'll Have What She's Having: Drinking While Pregnant

I like to drink. A lot. With dinner.  Without dinner.  With friends. With my husband.  So when I stopped drinking in 2003, it was like wearing a big, flashing, I'M PREGNANT side on my forehead. I was fooling no one. ...more

I see the hysteria around drinking as just another example of hysteria in all parenting. Yes, ...more

Why Do Our New Year's Resolutions Often Fizzle?

It's that time year again where with hearts full of inspiration and hope millions of people sit down and make a list of New Year's Resolutions. We fire up the engines and charge head first into a fresh start, a clean slate, a New Year, and it will be different this time gosh darnnit! However, as usual there is a big ole deja vu sitting just around the bend waiting for us to slip up, fail, and give up once again. Then we try it all over again next year. ...more

Nice thoughts on resolutions! I've never been a big resolver of things on the new year, but I ...more